Galwiji Farm Homestead
Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
In our family for 4 generations, the house on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life.
It's spacious - there are beds for 12 and plenty of extra room if your group's even bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.
14 minutes' drive to shops, 25 minutes to Sovereign Hill, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (G0GGLE Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)
Ample parking, sorry no internet, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on both Telstra and Optus' networks.
Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the t-w-i-t-t-e-r-ing of birds. The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear.
If you want to break the solace, there's a recently-tuned Lipp German upright piano (dated at 1899!), a nylon-string guitar and a trumpet!
There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), a treasure hunt, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing, exploring the shearing shed and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.
The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite, 2 other double bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large open fireplace.
As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, enormous fridge, urn, pressure cooker, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, hand mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ provides an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire.
There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio / c.d. player, as well as important appliances such as a large front-loading washing maching, an ironing table and board and a hair dryer (Rosie says they're very important :)
For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!
It's quite an environmentally friendly property too. Apart from the 100 acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums and Blue Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline rather than a dryer.
Your hosts, Malcolm & Rosie and Malcolm's parents Ann & Bill are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are both fluent in German and French and Rosie is fluent in German.
Strictly no smoking on the property, either indoors or outdoors (due to fire restrictions) and strictly no pets.
Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!
Also, due to water constraints at Galwiji, we are happy to provide linen for up to 6 guests (i.e. 3 x double beds, 1 of which is a queen) but if your party is larger than 6, we would ask that you provide your own linen for the 'extras'. Thanks for your understanding.
P.S. Malcolm & Rosie and children have just returned from some time in Europe where we sampled a number of Airbnb listings. We stayed in many AirBNB places, from the stunning to the not so, but it strengthened our resolve to make Galwiji the absolute best experience we can make it! :)
P.P.S. We have listed the site as handicap accessible, but it's not specifically set up for our wheelchair-bound friends, so please, call us and we'll talk further. Generally we have been able to accomodate and a recent visitor 'on wheels' found Galwiji quite suitable.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||13 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Melbourne Tullamarine 80 km, Nearest railway: Ballarat 22 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Victoria, Australia region
Ballarat's 2 biggest tourist attractions are Sovereign Hill (sovereignhill.com.au 18 minutes' drive) and Kryal Castle (kryalcastle.com.au 25 minutes' drive).
Melbourne is Australia's 2nd largest city and will soon overtake Sydney in size. It combines a peaceful multicultural vibe with the best sporting and cultural events. It's also the home of the greatest sport in the world, Australian Rules Football (afl.com.au). The season runs from April - September and the biggest ground (the Melbourne Cricket Ground mcc.org.au) which seats 101,000 hosts weekly games. Email us if you'd like tickets into the member's stand. We are usually also able to get tickets for the Boxing Day Cricket Test.
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3 Apr 2014
"Rural Peace & Quiet"
Our visit to Galwiji was the perfect place for the quiet get-away that my husband and I really needed. We stayed over a long weekend at this spacious rural Victorian country property and took delight … More
12 Mar 2014
"Relaxing break and the rustic charm of an Australian homestead."
Two adults and four children....plenty for the kids to do whether it was playing inside, running around the gardens or walking the various trails around the property and surrounding fields.We found th… More
8 Mar 2014
"Relaxing, great location, fabulous house"
After traveling from Cairns in our camper trailer, it was with great excitement and expectation when we booked our first house stay. The reviews are true, this place is great. We only stayed 2 nights … More
Thanks for such a lovely review Lisa. We were very glad to give you a real break from the hard yakka of travelling with a camper.
Kindest regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager. Galwiji Homestead.
24 Feb 2014
"A wonderful long-weekend stay for three families"
We stayed at Galwiji with two other families over the Australia Day long weekend and had a fabulous time. Malcolm and his parents were a pleasure to deal with and everything was exactly as specified. … More
Brett, we are so glad that you found the peace and quiet that you were looking for at Galwiji Homestead. We go there to wind down from life for a while, so we are delighted that it meets that need in others too :)
Regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager. Galwiji Homestead.
23 Feb 2014
"a one of a kind getaway!"
We have been at Galwiji Homestead for two summer holidays now and its truly a remarkable place ! we would highly recommend it for anyone in need of a quite, cozy, very private and natural environment … More
It's always a pleasure to have you, Chana and the kids to stay Levi. Galwiji Homestead is all about family, so you guys are our kind of guests :)
Regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager. Galwiji Homestead.
21 Dec 2013
"Lovely, peaceful, relaxing place for a family vacation."
A great self contained holiday house, with everything we needed and more. The kids loved the play equipment out the back and the large games room. The beds were all very comfortable but unfortunately we didn't have access to all the bedrooms. The communication and service was fantastic!! From helping us to locate shops and even taking us to see the cows being milked. They made the stay that much more enjoyable. We deffinetaly recommend this place and hope to return in the future.
Karena, it was a pleasure to have you and Ben and the children stay. After a long year, I hope your batteries are now recharged a little. Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor. Marketing Manager.
7 Dec 2013
"A beautiful country retreat."
This is a beautiful country homestead that my friends and I stayed for a long weekend. It had everything we wanted or needed and more. Wonderful walks on the property, a cottage garden to explore and the quiet and peace of rural Victoria. Inside there were 2 living areas both with fires to keep the house cozy. Only 5-10 mins from the endearing town of Buninyong with great gift shops and 15-20 mins to Ballarat. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone. Great for large groups and families. Would we go back? Absolutely!
Our pleasure to have you and your lovely book group stay Apryl. Please come again! Regards. Malcolm Pryor. Marketing Manager, Galwiji Homestead.
12 Nov 2013
"A nice and peaceful getaway"
My husband and i enjoyed our week long stay very much, i was expecting it to be good but found that it was better than expected. The location was extremely peaceful, exactly what we were after.
I found the owners to be very friendly and personable, they were accomodating and had good knowledge of nearby activities to do.
We have already recomended to Family and friends.
Trish and Adam, you'd be most welcome back any time. We loved having you to stay and I know that the peace and quiet would have been just what you needed! Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Marketing Manager
30 Oct 2013
"Taste of Heaven in the Country"
This place is the perfect country escape plan. It is big and roomy and relaxed. We had a perfect stay for one night and when we woke to a brilliant sunny spring morning and looked out over a pristine example of victorian countryside believe me we DID NOT want to leave to go back to work. It was amazing. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to destress from the rigours of a hectic life or just wanting to escape to a restful rural setting.
Thanks Malcolm and crew we'll be back someday.
The more musos the merrier! A great pleasure to have you and your group stay David. Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Marketing Manager
29 Oct 2013
"Beautiful peaceful property with all the comforts of home and the most generous of hosts"
Our party of five badminton players stayed at Galwiji when our booked accommodation fell through. We soon found that the relatively short drive to the badminton hall in Ballarat was no problem, being made up for by the peace & tranquillity of the property and our gracious hosts, Ann & Bill, making us feel very much at home.
Karin's group were a pleasure to have to stay, and their peaceful accommodation nearly allowed them to win the tournament - hopefully next time :) It was our privilege to have such lovely guests. Malcolm Pryor. Marketing Manager.
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